Core of Gandhian Movement
Wardha is a city as well as a municipal council in the Central Indian state of Maharashtra, which gets its name from the River Wardha that flows along the northern, southern and western borders. The city was founded within the domains of Maharashtra in the pre-independence era, in 1866, after which it became a crucial part of Mahatma Gandhi’s nationalist movements and campaigns. Presently, Wardha is famous for being a tourist destination in Central India as well as a pivotal centre for India’s expansive cotton trade.
Geographical location – 20.75 degrees North, 78.60 degrees East, with an average elevation level of 770 feet (approximately 235 metres)
Historical Importance of the city
Wardha was one of the most important cities in India ever since the pre-independence Bristish era. The city was founded in 1866 and on the planning ideas of legendary Englishmen Sir Crowdock and Sir Bachelor. In view of the fact that most of the important centres of culture, trade and education in Wardha were born in the British era, the city administration chose to name some of them as a mark of gratitude and respect to the British, for their invaluable contributions in the evolution of the city.
One of the most famous historical events to have taken place in this city of Wardha was the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan in 1969, which was an international conference on Marathi literature presided over by Purushottam Shivram Rege and attended by many eminent scholars from all parts of the world.
Mahatma Gandhi’s contributions to the historical fame of Wardha are also noteworthy. The legendary nationalist leader turned this city into one of the most important centres for his movements and campaigns across the country. The strategic location of Wardha in Central India proved to be of immense use to Gandhi in this context.
Other notable personalities who made worthy contributions to the cause of Wardha’s fame are Dr Govind Sadashivrao Gade, the only medical surgeon from Wardha during his time, and Baba Amte who was a well known Indian socialist.
Transport facilities in Wardha
Wardha has grown into one of the most important cities of Central India in the last few years, primarily because of its tourism and cotton industries. Railways provide the most important link between Wardha and the rest of India. The city has two railway stations – Wardha Railway Station and Sevagram Railway Station. While the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai Railway line uses the Wardha railway station as one of its most important railways junctions, the Sevagram station serves as the city’s connecting link with most parts of Southern India. In view of the ever increasing footfalls in these railway stations, the railway administration has decided to add more platforms to both stations and also provide another railway line that shall connect Wardha to Nanded.
The local passenger traffic is taken care of by the Warud and Chitoda Railway stations which are present on the fringes of the city.
Besides railways, road connectivity between Wardha and the rest of the country is also impressive and quite well developed. National Highway 361 and the Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Express Highway pass through the city and lends considerable solidity to its road networks.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at Nagpur is the nearest airport to Wardha.
Cultural aspects of WardhaThe city of Wardha comprises of various religions including Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains and has a well developed multi linguistic culture within its domains. Languages commonly spoken in the city include Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Marwari and Punjabi. In view of the heterogeneous nature of the Wardha population, the city administration has ensured that there are adequate places of worship for people of all religion. There are a number of temples, mosques, churches and gurudwaras in the city, some of the most famous among which are Lingi Mandir, Laxminarayan Mandir, Jama Masjid, Shanti Stupa, Gurudwara, and Digamabar and Shwetambar Jain Temples.
Landmark places in Wardha
- Paramdham Ashram
- Sevagram Ashram
- Gitai Mandir
- Magan Sangrahalaya
- Vishwa Shanti Stupa
- Kelzar Ganpati Temple
The fame of Wardha as a fast growing city in the heart of India rests overwhelmingly on its ability to attract tourists. By virtue of being a city associated with numerous historical events and contemporary events of considerable importance, Wardha in Maharashtra has become one of the most important tourist destinations in Central India.
Sports Facilities in WardhaEven though travellers and tourists making their way into Wardha are generally on the lookout for picturesque locations, ancient historical monuments, wildlife parks and sanctuaries, some are also interested in sports. Wardha has thus been provided with a certain amount of sports infrastructure, even though it is not counted upon as a city known for sports based activities in India.
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Sports Stores in Wardha
Modern Sports Agencies
Address - SAI Baba Mandir Road, Wardha Ho, Wardha – 442001
Contact - 9890539755, 9766645780
Jaguar Sports Industries
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Address- Behind Westside, 19, Waccha Gandhi Marg, Grant Road,
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